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July 13, 2005 12:58:03 AM

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This is a new installation on a new hard drive. I got to the point of
entering registration information. The next screen asks to click on the user
entered os the registered user on the prior screen and then asks for a
password. Out of habit I tried my old password. I then tried no password
and again with a space as the password. I tried a few others also to no
avail. In all cases I get, "the specified domain either does not exist or
could not be contacted."

How do I get past this so I can setup the domain and whatever else it may
need? I assume this has to do with having a router attached to the machine
installed Windows XP Home Edition on?

Alan
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July 13, 2005 1:31:52 AM

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Windows XP Home cannot join a domain. Are sure it is not XP Pro?

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"Alan" <Alan@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:E8DD5FF0-B37F-4D79-9EE5-BF3E478F0471@microsoft.com...
> This is a new installation on a new hard drive. I got to the point of
> entering registration information. The next screen asks to click on the
> user
> entered os the registered user on the prior screen and then asks for a
> password. Out of habit I tried my old password. I then tried no password
> and again with a space as the password. I tried a few others also to no
> avail. In all cases I get, "the specified domain either does not exist or
> could not be contacted."
>
> How do I get past this so I can setup the domain and whatever else it may
> need? I assume this has to do with having a router attached to the
> machine
> installed Windows XP Home Edition on?
>
> Alan
Anonymous
July 13, 2005 4:18:20 AM

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On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 20:58:03 -0700, Alan wrote:

> This is a new installation on a new hard drive. I got to the point of
> entering registration information. The next screen asks to click on the user
> entered os the registered user on the prior screen and then asks for a
> password. Out of habit I tried my old password. I then tried no password
> and again with a space as the password. I tried a few others also to no
> avail. In all cases I get, "the specified domain either does not exist or
> could not be contacted."
>
> How do I get past this so I can setup the domain and whatever else it may
> need? I assume this has to do with having a router attached to the machine
> installed Windows XP Home Edition on?
>
> Alan

If this is a standalone system, you don't need a workgroup or a domain to
use a router. A router can function with a workgroup or a domain. Most home
networks are setup as workgroups. Unless you have a dedicated server system
that is running a server operating system, configure the network as
workgroup.

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July 13, 2005 1:02:28 PM

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"Alan" <Alan@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:E8DD5FF0-B37F-4D79-9EE5-BF3E478F0471@microsoft.com...
> This is a new installation on a new hard drive. I got to the point of
> entering registration information. The next screen asks to click on
> the user
> entered os the registered user on the prior screen and then asks for a
> password. Out of habit I tried my old password. I then tried no
> password
> and again with a space as the password. I tried a few others also to
> no
> avail. In all cases I get, "the specified domain either does not
> exist or
> could not be contacted."
>
> How do I get past this so I can setup the domain and whatever else it
> may
> need? I assume this has to do with having a router attached to the
> machine
> installed Windows XP Home Edition on?



http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;295017
"Note Windows XP Home Edition is not designed to join domains, only
workgroups. To join domains, use a Professional version of Windows XP."

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814003/
See item #3. Note in the picture of the dialog window that it says, "To
rename this computer or join a workgroup". It does not offer to join a
domain.
July 13, 2005 3:43:01 PM

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Case closed! I reformatted the hard drive and installed Windows Home Edition
again. This time I unplugged the network cable from the machine to the
router prior to installing. I was asked questions during setup for thr
system time and a couple of others that I did not see before. When I got to
the login screen this time, it worked normally, no password and I was in.

What was so frustrating is I have no server on the network, so there would
be no domain to join even if I wanted to. It is a network to share the cable
modem with this machine, a laptop, and a VOIP box. The Home version does not
have this domain option as far as I could remember so it was odd that I get
this message the first time trying to log on the new installation. It must
have seen the router and assumed there must be a domain controller to
authenicate me? I could not change or see any settings since I never logged
on the system.

Now if only my machine could see the whole 160gig drive and a second
partition could be a D: drive rather than G: that I see it as . . . that is
for another day and message board if needed!


Alan


"Vanguard" wrote:

> "Alan" <Alan@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:E8DD5FF0-B37F-4D79-9EE5-BF3E478F0471@microsoft.com...
> > This is a new installation on a new hard drive. I got to the point of
> > entering registration information. The next screen asks to click on
> > the user
> > entered os the registered user on the prior screen and then asks for a
> > password. Out of habit I tried my old password. I then tried no
> > password
> > and again with a space as the password. I tried a few others also to
> > no
> > avail. In all cases I get, "the specified domain either does not
> > exist or
> > could not be contacted."
> >
> > How do I get past this so I can setup the domain and whatever else it
> > may
> > need? I assume this has to do with having a router attached to the
> > machine
> > installed Windows XP Home Edition on?
>
>
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;295017
> "Note Windows XP Home Edition is not designed to join domains, only
> workgroups. To join domains, use a Professional version of Windows XP."
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814003/
> See item #3. Note in the picture of the dialog window that it says, "To
> rename this computer or join a workgroup". It does not offer to join a
> domain.
>
>
Anonymous
July 13, 2005 4:47:03 PM

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"Alan" wrote:

> Case closed! I reformatted the hard drive and installed Windows Home Edition
> again. This time I unplugged the network cable from the machine to the
> router prior to installing. I was asked questions during setup for thr
> system time and a couple of others that I did not see before. When I got to
> the login screen this time, it worked normally, no password and I was in.
>
> What was so frustrating is I have no server on the network, so there would
> be no domain to join even if I wanted to. It is a network to share the cable
> modem with this machine, a laptop, and a VOIP box. The Home version does not
> have this domain option as far as I could remember so it was odd that I get
> this message the first time trying to log on the new installation. It must
> have seen the router and assumed there must be a domain controller to
> authenicate me? I could not change or see any settings since I never logged
> on the system.
>
> Now if only my machine could see the whole 160gig drive and a second
> partition could be a D: drive rather than G: that I see it as . . . that is
> for another day and message board if needed!
>
>
> Alan
>
<snip>

If you slipstream SP2 into original XP and burn to cd and install that XP
you should be able to use whole drive(provided bios supports).

To change drive letters for drives other than C:, go into computer
mgmt->disk mgmt right click on drive and select change drive letter.
July 13, 2005 7:03:30 PM

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"tfw48079" <tfw48079@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>
> "Alan" wrote:
>
>> Case closed! I reformatted the hard drive and installed Windows Home
>> Edition
>> again. This time I unplugged the network cable from the machine to
>> the
>> router prior to installing. I was asked questions during setup for
>> thr
>> system time and a couple of others that I did not see before. When
>> I got to
>> the login screen this time, it worked normally, no password and I was
>> in.
>>
>> What was so frustrating is I have no server on the network, so there
>> would
>> be no domain to join even if I wanted to. It is a network to share
>> the cable
>> modem with this machine, a laptop, and a VOIP box. The Home version
>> does not
>> have this domain option as far as I could remember so it was odd that
>> I get
>> this message the first time trying to log on the new installation.
>> It must
>> have seen the router and assumed there must be a domain controller to
>> authenicate me? I could not change or see any settings since I never
>> logged
>> on the system.
>>
>> Now if only my machine could see the whole 160gig drive and a second
>> partition could be a D: drive rather than G: that I see it as . . .
>> that is
>> for another day and message board if needed!
>>
>>
>> Alan
>>
> <snip>
>
> If you slipstream SP2 into original XP and burn to cd and install that
> XP
> you should be able to use whole drive(provided bios supports).

Don't think the OP wants to reformat again and install again. To resize
the partition after an install, use a 3rd party partition manager. I
have PartitionMagic but I've heard of the Ranish Partition Manager which
is free and is supposed to resize partitions.
!